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SOTU's Accreditation Proposals Surprise Higher-Education Leaders

SOTU's Accreditation Proposals Surprise Higher-Education Leaders | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

The president called for revising accrediting standards, or creating new ones, that would hold colleges more accountable for "cost, value, and quality." A new pathway to accreditation might be based on more consumer-friendly information, such as graduation rates, job placements, and salaries, as well as competencies.

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Did State of the Union create opening for competency-based programs and other innovations?

Did State of the Union create opening for competency-based programs and other innovations? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The State of the Union address called for major changes to the nation’s system of accreditation -- changes that could upend the current system and provide a pathway for federal financial aid for competency-based learning, massive open online courses and other innovations.
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Technical college puts job readiness and attendance scores on transcripts

Technical college puts job readiness and attendance scores on transcripts | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

A two-year college in Missouri issues "job readiness work ethic" scores on students' transcripts, as well as a rating for attendance.

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3 Predictions For The Future Of Liberal Arts

3 Predictions For The Future Of Liberal Arts | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Colleges are changing. My college certainly is. So I humbly offer a few predictions for the future of liberal arts to you, the inquisitive Edudemic reader!

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ATC21S Evaluación de las Competencias del Siglo XXI

ATC21S Evaluación de las Competencias del Siglo XXI | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Here is the Spanish language ATC21S project website.

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The Dissertation Can No Longer Be Defended

The Dissertation Can No Longer Be Defended | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Sentiment is growing to move beyond the traditional, book-length monograph to something that might actually help graduate students in their careers. The majority of graduate students are still sticking to the monograph version of the dissertation, producing static texts that are hundreds of pages in length and take roughly five or six years to complete.
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tecwrk's curator insight, February 12, 2013 8:03 AM

About time! The digital age arrived a long time ago, yet doctoral students ars locked into an antiquated model.

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New Book: "What Undermines Higher Education" by Stefan Popenici

New Book: "What Undermines Higher Education" by Stefan Popenici | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

What Undermines Higher Education explores the "big challenges" for colleges and universities around the world. From rising inequality, decline of academic rigor, graduate unemployment and underemployment, this book is an important reading for scholars and students, policy makers and parents and encourages all to explore what they have taken for granted over the last decades. Stefan Popenici and Sharon Kerr present here risks and opportunities for higher education in a courageous approach. The impact of new technologies (including MOOCs), commercialization and other important developments are presented in a conversational style, explaining complex issues through storytelling and comprehensible explanations of data and evidence. Their heretic approach to social and academic issues opens for important discussions and provides an enjoyable lecture for readers around the world.

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Disruptive Innovation Needed in Higher Education - Huffington Post (blog)

Disruptive Innovation Needed in Higher Education - Huffington Post (blog) | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Disruptive Innovation Needed in Higher Education
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To use Steve Jobs' words, they "put a ding in the universe." I like it.
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Student careers advice needed early, says NUS head

Students should receive careers advice and support at the start of their studies, rather than towards the end of their time at university, the chief executive of the National Union of Students has argued.
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Swimming in a Sea of MOOCs

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Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are making waves in the higher education space, but their rapid proliferation is leaving students scratching their heads when it comes to finding the MOOC that fits their needs.
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Understanding the Disruptive Wave of New Learning Models

Understanding the Disruptive Wave of New Learning Models | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
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Higher education has been very good about identifying how long someone has sat in a classroom, but very weak in determining exactly what they learned while there.
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Five Elements to Effectively Meet the Higher Education Needs of Veterans

Five Elements to Effectively Meet the Higher Education Needs of Veterans | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Providing all non-traditional students with the structure they need to succeed is critical for higher education institutions, but especially important when it comes to serving veterans.
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Americans on Higher Education: Give Me a Good Job, Not Just a Degree

Clearly, Americans value higher education. However, of profound interest to education leaders and champions of economic growth alike is why Americans say they want to get a degree. What’s most important to understand is that Americans aren’t interested in getting a degree just for the sake of having one. When asked about how important attaining a college degree is to get a good job, 67% of U.S. adults said it was “very important.” So, the math as to whether they will make the leap and pursue a postsecondary degree is based on their confidence that it will help them get a good job.
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In State of the Union, Closer Ties Between Education, Job Readiness

In State of the Union, Closer Ties Between Education, Job Readiness | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

The President added his voice to the many calls for colleges and universities to prove their return on investment. On Wednesday, his administration followed the example of some states by launching a website called “College Scorecard” for parents and students “to compare schools based on a simple criteria: where you can get the most bang for your educational buck,” as Obama said.

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Wisconsin Governor Wants To Invest Nearly $100M in Workforce - Higher Education

Gov. Scott Walker said Sunday he wants to invest nearly $100 million in programs to develop the state’s workforce, including grants to train residents for high-demand professions and a requirement for nearly 76,000 on food stamps to enroll in job-training programs.

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The end of higher education as we know it?

The end of higher education as we know it? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Stanford, Swarthmore, and Princeton may have nothing to fear in the near term, but why should anybody pay $50,000 per annum for four years at Drexel, Willamette, Xavier, or Birmingham Southern if, for a few hundred dollars per course, they can accumulate a degree's worth of college credits by studying on line and then taking a test?

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ATC21S at Education World Forum 2013 – Key reflections

ATC21S at Education World Forum 2013 – Key reflections | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

About the workshop on the Assessment and Teaching of 21st Century Skills (ATC21S™) last week at the Education World Forum in London.

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Colleges Ask Education Dept. to Clarify Rules on Competency and Credit - Government

Colleges Ask Education Dept. to Clarify Rules on Competency and Credit - Government | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Programs that award credit for prior learning have been around for a while, but they haven't been using federal student aid. That may be about to change.
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UNC. The Establishment Has Spoken | The John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy

UNC. The Establishment Has Spoken | The John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Two committees headed by UNC officials have signed off on a strategic plan that is better than past plans. North Carolina should be cautiously optimistic about the UNC system’s new direction. The new plan signals UNC’s intention of moving forward towards a more focused, transparent, and responsible system—a very good starting point.
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Academic, Pay Thyself

Academic, Pay Thyself | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
When one sees an institution hemorrhaging cash, one wonders why said entity cannot curb spending. When one is actually benefiting from the expenditures, one never sees enough of the elusive spondulix.
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Your Massively Open Offline College Is Broken

Your Massively Open Offline College Is Broken | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

This is the background to the entire conversation around higher education: Things that can’t last don’t. This is why MOOCs matter. Not because distance learning is some big new thing or because online lectures are a solution to all our problems, but because they’ve come along at a time when students and parents are willing to ask themselves, "Isn’t there some other way to do this?"

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Is privatization the solution to Higher Education?

Is privatization the solution to Higher Education? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The demerits with privatization in higher education with MOOCs however would include the tensions developed due to the conflicts and challenges that are facing many of its stakeholders – the private providers of Higher ...
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Why Competency-Based Degree Programs Make Sense Now

Why Competency-Based Degree Programs Make Sense Now | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Western Governors University is currently working with a dozen community colleges to adapt WGU’s competency-based model to better serve their students by reducing their seat-time.
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ACE Announces Launch of Association of Chief Academic Officers

ACE Announces Launch of Association of Chief Academic Officers | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
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New Organization Set to Convene Initial Session at ACE Annual Meeting in March
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Michigan’s Growing Population of Non-Traditional Students Leading to Digital Shift

Michigan’s Growing Population of Non-Traditional Students Leading to Digital Shift | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Public universities in Michigan have been noticing a major shift in their student demographics and are turning to digital educational resources as a way to accommodate the needs of these learners.
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